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Introduction of a Wikipedia article. Complete article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nostradamus
Michel de Nostredame, usually Latini to Nostradamus, was a Fr apothecary and reputed se who published co of propheci th have si become fa worldwide. He is be known for his book Les Propheties ( "The Prophecies "), the first edition of which appeared in 1555. Since the pu of this book, whi has rarely been out of print since his death, Nostradamus has attracted a following that, along with the popular press, credits him with predict ma major world events. The prophecies have in some cases be assimilated to the results of applyi the al Bible code, as well as to other purported prophetic works. Most academic sources maintain th the associations made between wo even and Nostradamus's quatra are largely the result of misinterpretations or mistranslations (sometimes deliberate) or else are so tenuous as to render them usel as evidence of any genuine predictive power. Moreover, none of the sources listed offers any evidence that anyo has ever interpreted any of Nostradamus's quatrains specifically enough to allow a cl identification of any event in advance.